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Summing up the standouts from the 2008 draft




Our annual Draft Report Cards kick off our offseason prospect coverage. Editor in chief John Manuel (most National League teams, plus the Twins and Yankees) and executive editor Jim Callis (most American League clubs, plus the Cubs and Dodgers) talked to scouting directors and other scouts in order to provide a detailed breakdown of each team's 2008 draft.

For most of the categories, only players who signed are eligible. The exceptions are Most Intriguing Background and The One Who Got Away. Best Late-Round Pick is reserved for players selected in the 10th round or later. The numbers in parentheses indicate the round in which a player was drafted.

BEST DRAFT
1. Rangers
2. Royals
3. Giants
4. Twins
5. Red Sox
 
BEST PURE HITTER
1. Brett Wallace, 3b, Cardinals (1)
2. Yonder Alonso, 1b, Reds (1)
3. Eric Hosmer, 1b, Royals (1)
4. Buster Posey, c, Giants (1)
5. David Cooper, 1b, Blue Jays (1)
 
BEST POWER HITTER
1. Pedro Alvarez, 3b, Pirates (1)
2. Justin Smoak, 1b, Rangers (1)
3. Eric Hosmer, 1b, Royals (1)
4. Gordon Beckham, ss, White Sox (1)
5. Brett Lawrie, c/inf, Brewers (1)
 
FASTEST RUNNER
1. Xavier Avery, of, Orioles (2)
2. Kenny Wilson, of, Blue Jays (2)
3. Tyreace House, of, Athletics (6)
4. Devaris Gordon, ss, Dodgers (4)
5. Jay Austin, of, Astros (2)
 
BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER
1. Casey Kelly, ss/rhp, Red Sox (1)
2. Rolando Gomez, ss, Angels (11)
3. Aaron Hicks, of, Twins (1)
4. Buster Posey, c, Giants (1)
5. Troy Hanzawa, ss, Phillies (16)
 
BEST FASTBALL
1. Ryan Perry, rhp, Tigers (1)
2. Brad Holt, rhp, Mets (1s)
3. Andrew Cashner, rhp, Cubs (1)
4. Craig Kimbrel, rhp, Braves (3)
5. Josh Lindblom, rhp, Dodgers (2)
 
BEST SECONDARY PITCH
1. Brian Matusz, lhp, Orioles (1)
2. Shooter Hunt, rhp, Twins (1s)
3. Ethan Martin, rhp, Dodgers (1)
4. Christian Friedrich, lhp, Rockies (1)
5. Jeremy Bleich, lhp, Yankees (1s)
 
BEST PRO DEBUT
College Players
1. Brett Wallace, 3b, Cardinals (1)
2. Roberto Lopez, 1b/of, Angels (25)
3. Dan Robertson, of, Padres (33)
4. Jay Jackson, rhp, Cubs (9)
5. Pat Venditte, rhp/lhp, Yankees (20)
Junior College Players
1. Craig Kimbrel, rhp, Braves (3)
2. David Francis, rhp, Braves (12)
3. Will Smith, lhp, Angels (7)
4. Trevor Harden, rhp, Diamondbacks (14)
5. Ronnie Welty, of, Orioles (20)
High School Players
1. Jaff Decker, of, Padres (1s)
2. Mike Montgomery, lhp, Royals (1s)
3. Aaron Hicks, of, Twins (1)
4. Joe Wieland, rhp, Rangers (4)
5. Jarek Cunningham, 3b/ss, Pirates (18)
 
BEST ATHLETE
1. Anthony Hewitt, 3b, Phillies (1)
2. Aaron Hicks, of, Twins (1)
3. Tim Beckham, ss, Rays (1)
4. Xavier Avery, of, Orioles (2)
5. Ryan Westmoreland, of, Red Sox (5)
 
MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND
Baseball Relative Division
1. Kenny Williams Jr., of, White Sox (6)
2. Tim Beckham, ss, Rays (1)
and Jeremy Beckham, 2b/3b, Rays (17)
3. Ryan Mantle, of, Giants (19)
4. Cutter Dykstra, of, Brewers (2)
5. Joe Coleman, rhp, Cubs (15)
Non-Baseball Relative Division
1. Pat Venditte, rhp/lhp, Yankees (20)
2. Oliver Drake, rhp, Orioles (43)
3. Brett Warren, of, Athletics (27)
4. Brett Lawrie, c/inf, Brewers (1)
5. Kyle Long, lhp, White Sox (23)
 
BEST LATE-ROUND PICK
Above Slot Bonuses
1. J.P. Ramirez, of, Nationals (15)
2. Quinton Miller, rhp, Pirates (20)
3. T.J. House, lhp, Indians (16)
4. Garrison Lassiter, ss, Yankees (27)
5. Juan Carlos Sulbaran, rhp, Reds (30)
At Or Below Slot Bonuses
1. Blake Brewer, rhp, Marlins (11)
2. Dexter Carter, rhp, White Sox (13)
3. David Francis, rhp, Braves (12)
4. Trevor Harden, rhp, Diamondbacks (14)
5. Brandon Douglas, ss, Tigers (11)
 
CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS
College Players
1. Conor Gillaspie, 3b, Giants (1s)
2. Brian Matusz, lhp, Orioles (1)
3. Ryan Perry, rhp, Tigers (1)
4. Brett Wallace, 3b, Cardinals (1)
5. Buster Posey, c, Giants (1)
High School Players
1. Eric Hosmer, 1b, Royals (1)
2. Tim Beckham, ss, Rays (1)
3. Tim Melville, rhp, Royals (1)
4. Brett Lawrie, c/inf, Brewers (1)
5. Jaff Decker, of, Padres (1s)
 
THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY
College Players
1. Aaron Crow, rhp, Nationals (1)
2. Tanner Scheppers, rhp, Pirates (2)
3. Chris Dominguez, 3b, Rockies (5)
4. Alex Wilson, rhp, Cubs (10)
5. Scott Bittle, rhp, Yankees (2)
High School Players
1. Gerrit Cole, rhp, Yankees (1)
2. Alex Meyer, rhp, Red Sox (20)
3. Sonny Gray, rhp, Cubs (27)
4. Zach Cox, 3b, Dodgers (20)
5. Brett Mooneyham, lhp, Padres (15)